This image is from a PolicyLink report that I read today, that results from an analysis of 150 metro areas of the US. The study shows a connection between where you live, race, and unemployment. Chicago is not listed among the top 25 cities with the greatest unemployment. See the PDF.
This blog was launched in 2008 to share maps created by the Tutor/Mentor Connection, using ESRI GIS, as well as an on-line interactive map-directory built on a Google map platform. However, I've been trying to use GIS maps to point people to places where kids need extra help, and where volunteer-based, non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs are needed, since 1993.
Today I found a presentation that shows the history of GIS and some of it's present day applications. Click here to view.
While I've seen the potential of GIS since I was first being introduced to it in 1993 by a volunteer from IBM, I've never had the talent and resources to maximize its potential. Since 2011, I've operated as Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and I've not been able to update my map making, but have continued to show platforms created by others, which can be used to make map stories focusing attention on poverty in Chicago and other cities.
Here are three presentations showing my goal in using maps:
Violence in Chicago. Where Will We Be in 10 Years? click here
These are three of more than 60 presentations on Scribd.com. Most include maps.
If you have a GIS capacity and want to take ownership of the work I've started, to carry it forward into future years, I'd like to connect with you. Introduce yourself with a comment, or via Twitter or Facebook.
I've posted maps like this on this blog, and the Tutor/Mentor blog, for many years with the goal that many will use this information to support their own involvement in efforts that help kids, families and schools in areas where the map shows help is needed.
I feel that organized, mentor-rich, non-school learning programs can be a strategy to get more people personally involved in combating this problem, while expanding the social capital (network of adults) who help kids overcome obstacles in their lives.
Spend time reading this and other articles I've posted. Start a study group, a learning circle and a planning group that engages the time, talent and dollars of yourself, and people you know, in building local and global systems of support that help kids move through school and into adult lives and careers.
This image is from an article I read today about "breathing life into numbers, drawing out the human stories that the data tell, and using those stories to inform dialogue and promote better policies" which has been my goal for almost 20 years.
The story focuses on work by DATA2GO, a New York City resource.
Today I also watched a TED talk about making effective, interesting data-stories. You can view the video here, where it was embedded in a Vialogue, so I and others could add comments.
Without the ability to turn maps into stories, and repeat these stories in a variety of formats, on a daily basis, for months and years, it's impossible to attract the attention and support of all the people who need to be involved in building solutions to poverty, inequality, climate change, etc.
I've been looking for people to help "breath life" into my stories for many years, as well as people who apply these story ideas in cities all over the world. This could be a student project, a company team project, or the mission of one, or many, organizations.
Over the next four years as political attacks from the right and left dominate traditional and social media attention it is going to be more urgent than ever that people are working together to draw needed attention and resources to people and organizations working to help the disadvantaged, protect the environment, or solve other critically important problems.
This image is from an ESRI Storymap titled "Wealth Divides" that you can find at this link.
This demonstrates a growing ability to use story maps to build a greater understanding of how some places are blessed with great wealth while others are less fortunate due to great poverty.
I'll reach out to ESRI, but the next layer of information on maps like this should be borrowed from my own history of building map overlays that show locations of non-school tutor and/or mentoring programs in different neighborhoods, as part of a strategy intended to draw resources to existing programs while helping new programs start where few or none exist.
Here's a blog article that illustrates how I've been trying to use maps. Imagine what might result if teams of students, volunteers and map-makers were duplicating the Tutor/Mentor Connection's 4-part strategy, and were producing map stories using current StoryMap tools, to draw attention to inequality, violence and other indicators of need, and were drawing resources to organizations working to reduce those inequalities.
That could be happening in every part of the world if a few leaders would step forward to make it happen.
11/30/16 update: Here's a New York Timesstory about immigration, that uses maps and animation to tell the story in a visual way.
This map shows Chicago public schools with librarians and those without. It's from this article which was written by Anne Li and posted in the South Side Weekly.
I've been using maps for many years to show areas where kids need extra help, such as non-school tutor and mentor programs, due to living in areas of high poverty. This is just one more example of how kids in affluent areas get greater support and learning opportunities than kids in high poverty, highly segregated areas.
Browse through other articles on this MappingforJustice blog site and see more maps telling this story.
Create your own map story and or blog article and help draw attention to this problem.